Written answers

Friday, 7 November 2014

  • Department for Transport

    • Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department and agencies are taking to ensure alternative provision for people unable or unwilling to use digital services.

    • Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2014 to Question 212594, what the cost has been of each (a) direct award and (b) franchise extension since...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much money was pledged by the UK Government at the recent International Donor Conference for Gaza held in Egypt.

    • Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last discussed with his Israeli counterpart the planned building of 1,000 new houses in Jerusalem.

      Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to declare a contiguous zone around the coastline of the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Burkina Faso

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will hold discussions with the African Union on the situation in Burkina Faso following the military coup in that country.

      Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 17 November 2008 to the hon. Member for Kingston and Surbiton, Official Report, columns 191-2W,...

      Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 20 November 2008 to the hon. Member for Kingston and Surbiton, Official Report, column 748W, on...

      Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 20 November 2008 to the hon. Member for Kingston and Surbiton, Official Report, column 748W, on...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of international efforts to assist the Yazidi people; and if he will...

      Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the United States requested permission to use the UK detention facility on Diego Garcia between 2001 and 2009.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects to reply to the letter of 2 October 2014 to the hon. Member for Walsall North on behalf of a constituent on the...

      Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 20 November 2008, Official Report, column 748W, on Diego Garcia: detainees, how often and for...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the human rights situation in Iran.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the human rights situation in North Korea.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when she expects the political talks that she is chairing in Northern Ireland to conclude; and if she will make it her policy to place a paper...

  • Attorney General

    • Sexting: Young People

      To ask the Attorney General, how many cases including the sending of a nude or sexually explicit electronic image of an individual under the age of 18 where the perpetrator of the crime is under...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Environment Protection: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what definition the Government uses of a green or low carbon job for the purposes of collating official statistics and announcements.

    • Post Offices: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the impact of the network relocation programme on rural post offices.

      Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will issue guidance to higher and further education institutions on implementing a replacement programme to introduce LED...

      Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make it his policy to implement a replacement programme to introduce LED lighting throughout his Department's...

      Biotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to promote the UK as a location of choice for life science investment in trade missions.

      Biotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs in each region and constituent part of the UK which are supported by the life...

      Construction: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of the practice of retentions as a means of insurance in the construction...

      Business: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he agrees that responsible and sustainable investment practices are beneficial to businesses, the wider economy and society...

      EU External Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the UK has supported inclusion of the investor-state dispute settlement system in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment...

      Construction: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what guidance his Department issues on the use of retentions as insurance in the construction industry; and if he will make a...

      Big Society Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the total value of (a) financial and (b) non-financial support provided by his Department to the Big Society...

      Society Network Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the total value of (a) financial and (b) non-financial support provided by his Department to the Society...

      Big Society Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what office space his Department provided to the Big Society Network between 2010 and 2014.

      Society Network Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what office space his Department provided to the Society Network Foundation between 2010 and 2014.

      Minimum Wage: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received from the Scottish Government regarding the national minimum wage; and if he will place in...

      Minimum Wage: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of how many people earned less than the national minimum wage in Scotland in each year since 2010-11.

      Minimum Wage: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of how many people earn exactly the national minimum wage in Scotland.

  • Department for International Development

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department is giving to the Yazidi people; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Education

    • Missing People: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people under the age of 18 in the care of Hampshire County Council have been reported missing in the last three years; and how many such...

    • Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she has had with the CBI on careers provision in English schools; and if she will make a statement.

      Sexting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many incidents of sexting among pupils have occurred in schools in England and Wales in each of the last five years; and what guidance her...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Harassment: Social Networking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent steps she has taken to tackle harassment on social media.

    • Legal Profession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 on (a) the provision of legal services and...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on the open letter sent to him from business organisations dated 15 October 2014 on their concerns...

      Directors: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent representations he has received on the effect of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 on the Government's ability...

      Prisoners on Remand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what average time was spent on remand in each year since 2010.

      Prisoners on Remand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people who were held on remand in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013 were subsequently convicted and immediately released.

      Prisoners on Remand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been held on remand in each month since May 2010.

      Wetherby Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reasons Wetherby Young Offenders Institution has been redesignated to a Secure College of Learning.

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders in youth custody have been placed in segregation units in each year since May 2010.

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the proportion of offenders in youth custody who are black, Asian and minority ethnic in each year since May 2010.

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his policy is on allowing former offenders to visit youth custody environments.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 30 October 2014, to Question 212152, how many people convicted of possession of (a) class A, (b) class B and (c) class C drugs...

  • Prime Minister

    • Northern Ireland

      To ask the Prime Minister, when he next plans to visit Northern Ireland.

    • Qatar

      To ask the Prime Minister, whether he raised the funding of the al-Nusra Front with the Emir of Qatar during his meeting on 29 October 2014; and what agreement was reached at that meeting on...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list his Department's (a) category A, (b) category B and (c) category C defence projects.

    • Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons his Department's Annual Report and Accounts for 2013-14 has not yet been published; and when that report is due to be published.

      HMS Artful

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) predicted and (b) actual cost to the public purse was of the construction of HMS Artful; and what the (i) predicted and (ii) actual date of...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Oil: Refineries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many former refineries that have been converted to import and distribution terminals are currently under review by the Health and Safety...

    • Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many violent incidents have occurred in UK jobcentres in each year since January 2011.

      Vacancies: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate he has made of the number of duplicate job postings on the Universal Jobmatch website.

      Vacancies: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of (a) duplicate and (b) expired job postings on the Universal Jobmatch website.

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of members of pension schemes who did not receive a tax-free lump sum on receipt of pension in the few months...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for how long the average employment and support allowance sanction lasted in each year since 2008.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Instant Rewards of what value were given to his Department's officials in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 to date.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent on legal fees over prevention of release of information requested by Freedom of Information requests since 2010.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on iPhones in each year since 2010.

      Housing Benefit: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants there are of housing benefit in Northern Ireland.

      Jobcentre Plus: Motherwell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were employed at Motherwell Jobcentre Plus (a) full and (b) part-time in each year since 2012.

      Older People: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a Government financial recognition payment to all citizens who reach the age of...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he plans to take to ensure that consumers are protected from rogue pension schemes.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) number and (b) proportion of people claiming employment and support allowance are classified as BME.

      Flexible Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what reports he has received of false benefit off-flow claims from jobcentres involving misuse of the Flexible Support Fund; and if he will...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Instant Rewards of what value were given to her Department's officials in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 to date.

    • Mobile Homes: Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she has received on park home owners being able to be individually metered for water use.

  • Home Office

    • Sexting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department can take to remove illegal sexting images sent through mobile telephones and other electronic devices; and how...

    • Sexting: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many allegations of sexting, in cases where images of people under the age of 18 have been taken and or stored by other under the age of...

  • HM Treasury

    • Co-operative Bank

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress his Department has made on investigating the performance of the Co-operative Bank in 2013 under powers in the Financial Services Act 2012.

    • Fuels: Excise Duties

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what effect changes to fuel duty have had on the price of petrol in the last five years.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Fracking: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of the potential effects of hydraulic fracturing being adopted in the Welsh valleys on seismic activity in...

    • Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will make it his policy to implement a replacement programme to introduce LED lighting throughout his Department's buildings and...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, on how many occasions his Department has made appointments by exception since 2010; and who was appointed for each such post.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many Freedom of Information requests his Department has declined to answer in full since 2010.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many Instant Rewards of what value were given to his Department's officials in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 to date.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Freedom of Information requests his Department has declined to answer in full since 2010.

    • Electronic Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer to Question 211904 on the Gov.uk Verify Programme, whether assisted digital is available for that programme.

      John Manzoni

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what representations he has received about the appointment of John Manzoni as Chief Executive of the Civil Service.

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the need to provide access to his Department's services in Welsh.

      Average Earnings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the average earnings in (a) each constituency in London, (b) London, (c) England, (d) Scotland, (e) Wales and (f) the UK.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have died as a result of skin cancer since January 2011.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Society Network Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what office space his Department provided to the Society Network Foundation between 2010 and 2014.

    • Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to answer Questions 205354, 205306 and 205290 tabled on 11 July 2014 for answer on 15 July 2014.

  • Department of Health

    • Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 22 October 2013, to Question 171517, for what reasons NHS England's review into stereotactic radiosurgery was not...

    • Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when Public Health England plans to report on the consultation on drug misuse and dependence.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the performance of the National Cancer Peer Review Programme.

      Benzodiazepines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will request that the Care Quality Commission publishes data on trends of GP practices prescribing benzodiazepine.

      University College Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether University College Hospital London included the provision of gamma knife services at its Queen Square site in its notification log to...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of its funding (a) Public Health England and (b) Health Education England allocates to mental health.

      NHS: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS staff have been made redundant and subsequently re-employed by NHS organisations on a (a) permanent and (b) fixed-term contract basis since...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the (a) number of lives saved and (b) cost savings that could be made through a reduction in prescribing errors.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to NHS England's consultation document Proposal for a sustainable Cancer Drug Fund, page 9, Points 24 and 25, what NHS England's overspend...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS England's Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Radiotherapy Services Needs Assessment and Service Review published in November 2014 is solely for...

      Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to act upon the research by the National Institute for Health Research into idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

      Pregnancy: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of clinical commissioning groups have a perinatal mental health strategy.

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish further details of the extension of the funding for the Time to Change programme up until March 2016 that he announced on 10...

      Pregnancy: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which Minister in his Department has responsibility for perinatal mental health.

  • House of Lords

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect that HMS “Queen Elizabeth” and HMS “Prince of Wales” will each proceed to sea under their own power for the first time.

    • Armed Forces: Malaria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what factors are taken into account when administering larium as a malaria prophylactic to British troops and reservists serving overseas.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to draw to the attention of England and Wales police forces National Health Service statistics about the number of new cases of female...

      Red Arrows

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what planning assumptions are in place for the Red Arrows when the current fleet of aircraft are due for replacement; and what aircraft type, if any, will...

      RFA Argus

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to expand the instructions given to RFA Argus so as to enable its medical facilities to assist all urgent cases from Sierra Leone or nearby...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the steps they are taking to reduce the cost of benefit fraud, what they propose to do, and how much they plan to spend, to reduce...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make representations to the European Commission to ensure that European Union policy and practice enable women and girls raped during...

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to naming one of the new type 26 global combat ships after the City of Plymouth.

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